[You do you]:Your December is different to mine


So for many when they think of December, it conjures memories of Christmas, however, that’s not always the case for those who identify as a different religion like myself. I identify as Pagan and therefore December is Yule time – or Winter Solstice if you will. The Winter Solstice is celebrated on the longest night of the year, this year is the 21st of December and is the ‘Festival of Rebirth and Return of the Sun’.


As with most holidays and religious traditions vary depending on the person; some may choose to celebrate Yule with bonfires, the burning of the traditional Yule log and prayers in a coven. However, some like myself choose to celebrate alone at home. Many Pagans I know choose to incorporate traditional “Christmas” decorations in their celebrations such as mistletoe, the tree, holly, wreaths and such this is because these are important and each has symbolism that to others may be unknown.

How I celebrate

Since I live with my partner who is not Pagan and celebrates Christmas a compromise was made. We chose to incorporate aspects of both our traditions into our own. We have a tree, simply decorated but no other decorations, on the 21st we exchange one gift each (or something else depending on what we agreed) then the rest on the 25th, we have special meals on both days and before bed on the 21st I light a candle, some incense and do my prayers and wishes for the next year. It’s simple, but it’s ours.


I read something whilst researching Yule that interested me and wanted to share it:

“Above all, Yuletide is a Celebration of the Return of the Light, the promise fulfilled of Light birthing out of Darkness.
It is a time to share Love and Celebrate with our community of Family and Friends.
And the Wheel Turns…”*

Whether you celebrate Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, at the end of the day it’s a time to be with those you love.

What comes to mind when you think of December and what traditions do you follow/celebrate?

*Yule research and quote

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25 thoughts on “[You do you]:Your December is different to mine

  1. Jasmin N says:

    That sounds so interesting! I love learning about new traditions. I do celebrate Christmas, but in a commercial way as you might say. We’ve never celebrated it because of Jesus’ birth or any other religious reasons, just the time together, food & gifts.


  2. Vic B.A. says:

    That’s so sweet! It’s great how you came up with an integration of your traditions. I don’t know much about being a Pagan, thank you for sharing a bit of knowledge. I like how minimalist you’ve celebrated your holidays. Our family celebrated the traditional way, food-binge at midnight, gifts, and just sending out greetings to everyone.


  3. The Wandereuse says:

    It’s interesting because in Norway they celebrate Christmas but they call it “Jul” and Christmas time is “Juletid”. They give a lot of meaning to lighting everything up during the darkest days of the year, so I believe they have grounded Christianism on Pagan traditions (as it has been done elsewhere across the world). Love learning new things!


  4. Ree love30 says:

    This was a really interesting read. I’ve never heard of pagen and to be honest always so wrapped up in ‘doing christmas’ that I never really think of other religions. We kept Christmas low key and just enjoyed spending time with loved ones as Christmas is so heavily commercialised it’s annoys me now. Ree Love30


  5. missjnellie says:

    So interesting! I love how you compromised, it’s amazing that both of you respect each other’s traditions. Whether be it on the 21st or 25th, i hope you had an amazing time with your loved one. ☺️


  6. Luisa says:

    Your solstice celebration sounds beautiful and peaceful💛 Although I wouldn’t identify as pagan I had spent several years learning about Wiccan practices and culture, it really is beautiful.


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  8. Ellie Chan says:

    I think this is a really lovely way to celebrate! I tend not to go in for crazy amounts of decorations either, a tree and a wreath and that’s it! it sounds like a lovely calm way to spend a season that has become more about the gifts and commercialism than it’s origins.



  9. michelle says:

    Interesting. I’m a Christian and I celebrate Christmas (and decorate my house) even though the origins are pagan (so I’m told). But I feel like it doesn’t really matter what traditions you follow, or what’s in your house, what matters is what is in your heart. So, whether you have a tree or whatever, you’re not compromising your beliefs because the holidays are what you make them. Pretty tree.


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